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June 2012 | Edition 45
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
John Purcell - The Booktopia Book GuruWinter is my favourite season. The weather makes homebodies of us all. In winter, spending the weekend in pyjamas, reading by the heater or on the sofa wrapped up in a blanket drinking endless cups of tea is socially acceptable. Suddenly everyone is doing what we readers like to do all year round!

Before I forget - we have an enormous June Clearance Sale on right now: $1 books , books under $3, books under $5, academic & tertiary titles fiction titles, kids and teen titles and hundreds of non-fiction titles. Over 5000 titles dramatically reduced.

Where was I? Oh, yeah.... The June BUZZ comes at the right time. It is time to stock up for cold months ahead. You'll need enough books to line the walls, not only because it'll look awesome, but because it's a great way to insulate the house. I'll get you going with a 'buy one get one free' offer. If you plan to hibernate, Antony Beevor's new book is nice and thick, it should keep you going until the Spring.

We have enough books to satisfy all kinds of readers. Teens can watch Lauren Kate and Richelle Mead fight it out for supremacy. The Very Hungry Bear will keep the littlies entertained (either that or he'll eat them.) But that's not all. We've got Contented Chooks, Breasts and The Tools. If you Run Like Crazy, take a Left Turn you could have All Of It, you could win Olympic Gold. How? This is How.

Enough tomfoolery. Go forth. Entry is free.

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John Purcell
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BACClick here for more details or to order KLASH + FREE copy of ABOVE SUSPICION
by Lynda La Plante


We love a deal here at Booktopia. We love to bring you great value. And nothing tickles our fancy more than a great 'Buy One, Get One Free' offer. This month we are very pleased to be able to offer you two brilliant Lynda La Plante thrillers for the price of one. Wait, that's not right. I meant to say two brilliant thrillers for well under the price of one. Well under. Excellent books and an excellent price.

BACKLASH

Late night on a notorious high-rise estate in Hackney and a white van is being driven erratically. The driver is pulled over by the police and questioned. A woman on the street after a long evening's drinking...She never makes it home.

A suspect...an arrest...a confession...A case done and dusted? Five years earlier, a 13-year-old girl disappeared in broad daylight on a busy London street. DCS James Langton headed the investigation; the case was never closed. It has haunted him ever since.

And now comes another confession, to this murder, and to one more besides. Too good to be true? DCI Anna Travis, pulled into the fray, isn't so sure that they have their man. Then the suspect changes his story...

ABOVE SUSPICION

Young Anna Travis has been assigned to her first murder case - a series of killings that has shocked even the most hardened of detectives. They started eight years ago - now the body count is up to six. The method of killing is identical, the backgrounds of the girls identical - all drug-users and prostitutes. Then a seventh body is found. The modus operandi is the same - but the victim is a young student with the 'face of an angel'. The profile of the murderer has changed dramatically.

Determined to earn the respect of her male colleagues, Anna stumbles on a vital piece of information which links one man to the killings, a much-loved actor on the brink of international stardom. His arrest would create a media frenzy. But if he were found innocent, his wouldn't be the only career over - Anna's hard fought for reputation would be destroyed once and for all...

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THE MASTER DELIVERS
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by Antony Beevor


Me: This is the book we all wanted Antony Beevor to write. A comprehensive overview of The Second World War. If you have read anything by Antony Beevor, if you've read Stalingrad or Berlin, you know he is more than qualified to do so. This man knows how to bring history to life.

Blurb :The Second World Wa r began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects.

Using the most up-to-date scholarship and research and writing with clarity and compassion, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative that extends from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific, from the snowbound steppe to the North African Desert, to the Burmese jungle, SS Einsatzgruppen in the borderlands, Gulag prisoners drafted into punishment battalions and to the unspeakable cruelties of the Sino-Japanese War.

Moral choice forms the basis of all human drama and no other period in history has presented greater dilemmas both for leaders and ordinary people, nor offered such examples of individual and mass tragedy, the corruption of power politics, ideological hypocrisy, the egomania of commanders, betrayal, perversity, self-sacrifice, unbelievable sadism and unpredictable kindness.

Although filling the broadest canvas on a heroic scale, Beevor's THE SECOND WORLD WAR never loses sight of the fate of the ordinary soldiers and civilians whose lives were crushed by the titanic forces unleashed in this, the most terrible war in history.

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LAUREN KATE Vs RICHELLE MEAD

This is the biggest event of the YA year. The two toughest competitors in the YA world will come head to head in a one off heavy-weight bout on 12th June, 2012. In red corner, Lauren Kate, author of The Fallen Series, one of the highest selling YA series ever, the darling of Random House Australia, and in the white corner, Penguin Australia's golden girl, Richelle Mead, author of The Vampire Academy novels, the biggest thing in Vampires since Twilight. (Watch Richelle's shout-out to all Booktopians)

Each come to the ring with a new book. Lauren Kate is championing Rapture, The Fourth Book in the Fallen Series while Richelle Mead comes to the fight with The Golden Lily, The Second Book in her Bloodlines Series. The fans of both books are already buying up seats. Pre-orders for both books have gone completely crazy.

Lucky are those who go to the match with a love for both competitors. They are sure to come out with a win and a smile.
RAPTURE
A Fallen Novel
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Fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen Series have been becoming steadily more desperate as the release date of the fourth book in the series, RAPTURE approaches. Talking about her fans, there is a good chance that you are one of them, she has 160,000 fans on the Official Australian page for Fallen. Who knows how many worldwide. I can't count that high.

If you've read this far you probably already know everything there is to know about Rapture, but are reading here in the desperate hope I will let some tiny piece of 'never before heard' information slip. But I can't tell you anything new, at all. Apart from this - Booktopia is accepting pre-orders now and we've knocked 24% off the RRP. Here's the blurb...

The sky is dark with wings. . . .

In Rapture, the highly anticipated fourth and final novel in the Fallen series, Luce and Daniel are together. . . but for how long?

Can history be rewritten?

Or are some punishments eternal?

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A Bloodlines Novel
by Richelle Mead


Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets-and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she's been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California-tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi-the fiercest vampires, the ones who don't die. But it's her fear of being just that-special, magical, powerful-that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else-someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney's loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists-or her heart?

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JASON BOURNE RETURNS...
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THE BOURNE IMPERATIVE

by Eric Van Lustbader

This will be a big year for Bourne with a new book and a brand new film - check out the trailer here

When Jason Bourne pulls a drowning man from a lake, he discovers that the man is not only freezing - but bleeding profusely from a gun-shot wound. He wakes as an amnesiac, with no memory of who he is or why he was shot - and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own past.

Meanwhile, Mossad agent Rebekah is so determined to find this man that she's gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency and risks a summary execution if caught by her former colleagues.

Back in the U.S., Treadstone operatives Peter Marks and Soraya Moore are recovering from their last mission which left both of them critically injured. Finally cleared for duty, they discover a new man assigned to their team: Dick Richards. But can they trust Richards, or does he have a secret mission all his own?

Everything turns on the mysterious amnesiac. Will Bourne learn his identity or will other, powerful forces get to him first?

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A BOOKTOPIA BESTSELLER
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Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series : Book 21
by Laurell K. Hamilton


Me: Laurell K. Hamilton is a Booktopia Bestseller. We have stocked and sold her day in day out since we opened. I sometimes think that Booktopia was built upon the back of the paranormal boom.

Blurb: Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton returns with another exciting, thrilling and addictive adventure for her vampire hunting heroine Anita Blake.

I knew without doubt that if any more of the vampires tried to attack us I'd kill them, too, regardless of apparent age, race, sex, or religious affiliations. I was an equal-opportunity executioner; I killed everybody.

My name is Anita Blake and I am a vampire hunter and necromancer, as well as a US Marshal. So when a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it's up to me to find her. And when I do, I'm faced with something I've never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving their vampire master. And where there's one martyr, I know there will be more... But even vampires have monsters that they're afraid of. And I'm one of them...

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WIN A PRIZE PACK WORTH $200!
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by Elizabeth Pulford

Me: Walker Books Australia is so excited about Broken they have put together a prize pack worth $200 to ensure they have your full attention. I took Broken home and gave it to my tame teen reader who read it in a few of nights. She absolutely loved it. I tried to get her to do a review for me but she gave me that look, you know the look, and went off to read another book.

So how do you win this amazing book prize pack?

Order a copy of BROKEN before June 30, 2012 to go in the draw.  Thanks Walker Books Australia!

Blurb: Critically injured in a motorbike accident, Zara Wilson lies in a coma. She is caught between many worlds: the world of her hospital room and anxious family, and that of her memories and a dream-like fantasy where she searches for her brother Jem.

Jem proves elusive but Zara s adventures in her subconscious unlock dark secrets of a troubled childhood. Zara must face up to her past in order to accept her future.

A novel that blends, mystery, family life and the subconscious into an interesting story.
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FICTION
BLOCKBUSTER FICTION
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by Clive Cussler


Have you opened The Numa Files yet? Kurt Austin is Head of the US National Underwater and Marine Agency's (NUMA) Special Assignments Team - a job that ensures he is no stranger to danger above or below the waves.

Blurb: In the middle of the Indian Ocean, a NUMA research vessel is taking water samples at sunset, when a crew member spots a sheen of black oil ahead of them. But it is not oil. Like a horde of army ants, a swarm of black particles suddenly attacks the ship, killing everyone aboard, while the ship itself goes up in flames.

A few hours later, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are on their way to the Indian Ocean. What they will find there on the smoldering hulk of the ship will eventually lead them to the discovery of the most audacious scheme they have ever known: a plan to permanently alter the weather on a global scale. It will kill millions . . . and it has already begun.

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by Jeffery Deaver

Kayleigh Towne is a beautiful and successful singer-songwriter, and Edwin Sharp is her biggest fan. When she replies to one of his fan letters with 'XO', Edwin is convinced she loves him, and that her latest hit song 'Your Shadow' was written for him. Nothing Kayleigh or her lawyers can say persuade him otherwise.

Then the singer gets an anonymous phone call; it's the first verse of 'Your Shadow' playing. Soon after, one of the crew is horribly murdered. Kayleigh's friend Kathryn Dance, a special agent with the California Bureau of Investigation, knows that stalking crimes are not one-off occurrences, and, sure enough, more verses of the song are played as warnings of death to follow. With a little help from forensic criminalist Lincolyn Rhyme, Dance must use her kinesic and investigative skills in an attempt to find the killer before more people die.

Deaver has written the actual song, 'Your Shadow'.

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READ AND LOVED: TWO FICTION REVIEWS
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Catherine Jones' debut novel, Wonder Girls, is an inspirational and at times heartbreaking story about love and friendship, ambition and loss. More importantly, it's a celebration of GIRL-POWER. This is the kind of read that will have woman of all ages raising their fists in solidarity and saying things like "I am Woman, here me roar!" or similar. Menfolk beware. This book may make you a teensy bit disappointed in yourself for being born with a Y chromosome.

The prologue of Wonder Girls takes place in 1937, in a hospital and (deliciously) in the dead of the night. Cecily Stirling is 14 years old and about to change the course of her life with a spot Read more of this review by Booktopia's Sarah McDuling...


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by Greg Rucka

Me: This was sold into me thus: Think - Die Hard in Disneyland! How could I resist? I took the proof copy home and started it that very night. A few nights later I was done. Very well written and well observed, ALPHA starts slowly (methodically) but the tension builds and builds until I was turning the pages faster than I could read them. I HAD to know how it ended. Fun stuff.

With bad guys who think themselves above all moral codes, who will stop at nothing to attain their ends, and a good guy who is so good at being awesome it hurts, ALPHA is the perfect read for fans of LEE CHILD, DIE HARD and BOURNE.

Blurb: Jonathan 'Jad' Bell has spent a lifetime in the US army. He can be relied on to get the job done, whatever happens, whatever the cost.

So when someone needs to go undercover at the nation's biggest amusement park, Jad is the obvious choice. Aside from dealing with fights and missing children, his main responsibility is to prevent the nightmare scenario from coming to pass.

This is the nightmare scenario:
A group of well-trained, highly motivated terrorists infiltrate the park. They cut off all escape routes. They take hostages. They ensure every camera in the world is trained on Wilsonville...and then they turn it into a bloodbath.

And on the day the nightmare becomes real, Jad and his team are all that stands between more...

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CANADA
by Richard Ford
  WICKED BUSINESS by Janet Evanovich
  THIS IS HOW IT ENDS
by Kathleen MacMahon
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SPELLBOUND AND EVER AFTER
by Nora Roberts
  AN ABSOLUTE DECEPTION
by Lesley Lokko
  THE BLACK PATH
by Asa Larsson
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I, MICHAEL BENNETT
by James Patterson
  LAST WILL
by Liza Marklund
  THE YARD
by Alex Greeian
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I, Michael Bennett

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AUSTRALIAN FICTION
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by Susan Johnson


Me: My Hundred Lovers a perfect read for anyone who feels a little pale and dusty. There is life in these pages, enough, in fact, to take deep, invigorating draughts without exhausting the supply.

I felt I was being invited into secret places, but not foreign places. Susan examines emotions, sensations and pleasures many of us will recognise. She teases out meaning from fleeting and now forgotten delights. The book moves gracefully and quickly, never stopping long in any one place, building a gorgeous picture of life with its loves and losses, friendships, self-delusions, introspections and joys.

I read it in a couple of sittings, reading greedily. And when I was finished I lay it down and wandered off feeling as though my own past had been opened up and aired.

Blurb: A woman on the eve of her fiftieth birthday reflects on her life in the extraordinary, beautiful and shocking new novel from one of Australia's premier novelists.

'Confronting the inevitable desiccation of her ageing body, a woman reflects on her life as an erotic adventurer, and through these vivid stories of the flesh, a mind and a soul emerge in full. Susan Johnson is a writer in her prime, and her most enduring love affair is with language itself. ' Geraldine Brooks

That afternoon in the small bedroom the light was blue. The curtains were cream and blew softly in the wind. There was a cry, far off, almost out of earshot. There was a man in my bed and I did not know how he got there.

A woman, on the eve of her fiftieth birthday, reflects on one hundred moments from a lifetime's sensual adventures. After the love, hatred and despair are done with, the great and trivial acts of her bodily life reveal an imperfect, yet whole self. By turns humorous, sharp, haunting and wise, this is an original and exhilarating novel from one of Australia's premier writers.

Lyrical and exquisite, My Hundred Lovers captures the sheer wonder of life, desire and love.

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Click here for more details or to orderTHE DAUGHTERS OF MARS
Tom Keneally

In 1915 sisters Naomi and Sally Durance answer a call for nurses to join the war effort. They are escaping the family dairy farm in the Macleay Valley, and they carry a secret with them. Soon they are in Egypt, where they are put to work on the Red Cross hospital ship Archimedes as it patrols the Dardanelles. On Archimedes they witness Mars in all his ferocity, as he pummels soldiers in the massive, brutal metal brawl that is Gallipoli. Yet the sisters and their newfound nursing friends, with whom they will witness undreamt-of carnage and take care of unspeakably blighted men, find themselves courageous in the face of the horror.

Naomi, Sally and their gang are then sent to northern Europe, where Naomi nurses in the visionary Australian Voluntary Hospital run by the committed and eccentric Lady Tarlton, and Sally in a casualty clearing station next to the Western Front. Here, again, they must face the inhumanity of war in its many terrible guises - where trench warfare and gas abound. But it is here, too, that the sisters meet the remarkable men with whom they wish to spend the rest of their lives.

Inspired by journals of Australian nursing sisters who gave their all to the Great War effort and the men they nursed, The Daughters Of Mars is vast in scope yet extraordinarily intimate. This is Keneally at the height of his storytelling powers; a stunning tour de force to join the best of First World War literature, and one that casts a fresh light on the challenges faced by the Australian men and women who voluntarily risked their lives for peace.

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A STRANGER IN MY STREET
by Deborah Burrows

JACARANDA
by Mandy Magro
It's January 1943. Australia is at war and Perth is buzzing.

US troops have permanently docked in the city in what local men refer to bitterly as the American occupation, and Perth women are having the time of their lives. The Americans have money, accents like movie stars, smart tailored uniforms and good manners.

What's more, they love to dance and show a girl a good time, and young women are throwing caution to the wind and pushing social more...

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A stranger In My Street

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At nineteen, Molly Jones has the world at her feet. Then one drunken night she falls into bed with Mark, a cowboy just passing through. By the time Molly realises she's pregnant, Mark is long gone.

Now, at twenty-six, Molly's life is almost perfect. She's the devoted mother of Rose, and a renowned horse trainer. She lives amid the beauty of Jacaranda Farm, surrounded by family and friends - none closer than hunky stockman Heath. But she's still looking for more...

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BLACKWATTLE CREEK
by Geoffrey McGeachin

A DISTANT LAND
by Alison Booth
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It's September 1957, two days before the VFL grand final, and Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin, former bomber pilot and ex-POW, finally has some time off. But there's no rest for Charlie, a decent but damaged man still troubled by his wartime experiences. A recently widowed friend asks a favour and he's dropped into something a hell of a lot bigger than he bargained for when he discovers a Melbourne funeral parlour has been burying bodies with parts missing. A Hungarian émigré hearse driver points Berlin in the right direction but it quickly becomes more...

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Back in 1957, nine-year-old Zidra Vincent met Jim Cadwallader for the first time. Fourteen years later, their bond of friendship - forged during a childhood in the beautiful coastal town of Jingera - is still strong. But is friendship all they dream of?
Jim is now a respected war correspondent in Cambodia, though he has plans to come home for good. Because there is something very important he wants to say to Zidra.
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THE BOY UNDER THE TABLE
by Nicole Trope

JILTED
by Rachael Johns
Being a mother was all-consuming. There were so many mistakes you could make, so many ways to lose a child.
Tina is a young woman hiding from her grief on the streets of the Cross. On a cold night in the middle of winter she breaks all her own rules when she agrees to go home with a customer.
What she finds in his house will change her life forever.
Across the country Sarah and Doug are trapped in limbo, struggling to accept the loss that now governs their lives.
Pete is the local policeman who more...

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After more than ten years away, Australian soap star Ellie Hughes returns to the small country town of Hope Junction, determined to remain anonymous while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.
But word spreads fast in the tight-knit community. It isn't long before the people of Hope are gossiping about the real reason for Ellie's visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn Quartermaine all those years ago.
Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back together again, forced to more...

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INTERNATIONAL FICTION
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by Sam Mills


Booktopians gather round, I've a story to tell. A tale of a new world of fiction, one with no boundaries or limitations, where thought is captured from the crisp morning air and shoved in the sweeping paper waves for curious discourse. If you enjoy a book that makes you reconsider the paradigms of fiction, the oddity of imagination and the brilliance of original thought, look no further than author Sam Mills' debut adult work The Quiddity Of Will Self.

The book opens with a corpse when Richard Smith, an unassuming North Londoner and rapidly failing writer, discovers the body of his neighbour Sylvie who appears all of a sudden to bear a striking resemblance to the charismatic acclaimed author of which this novel bears part of it's name, Will Self. Richard spots clues linking the crime scene, along with Sylvie herself, to a secret society of worshippers devoted to Self, of which Sylvie is, or rather now was, a member.

It gets weirder. Read the full review by Booktopia's Andrew Cattanach here


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by Chris Cleave

Usually, this is where we'd tell you what this book is about.

But with Chris Cleave, it's a bit different.

Because if you've read THE OTHER HAND or INCENDIARY, you'll know that what his books are about is only part of the story - what really matters is how they make you feel.

GOLD is about the limits of human endurance, both physical and emotional.

It will make you cry.

GOLD is about what drives us to succeed - and what we choose to sacrifice for success.

It will make you feel glad to be alive.

GOLD is about the struggles we all face every day; the conflict between winning on others' terms, and triumphing on your own.

It will make you count your blessings.

GOLD is a story told as only Chris Cleave could tell it. And once you begin, it will be a heart-pounding race to the finish.

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2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

RAILSEA by China Mieville
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The year is 2312. Scientific advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer our only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system, on moons, planets and in between. But in 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront our past, present and future.
The first event takes place on Mercury, in the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. For Swan Er Hong, it will change her life. Once a designer of worlds, now more...

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On board the Medes, Sham yes ap Saroop watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt. The giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey - and the inevitable battle that follows between human and creature that will result in one's death and the other's glory. Travelling the rails of the Railsea, Sham knows there is more to life than hunting moles - even if his philosophy-seeking captain can think of nothing else but the ivory-coloured mole she's been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago. When they more...

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SKIOS
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MISSION TO PARIS by Alan Furst
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by Maria Goodavage


From Stubby, who fought in WWI, to Cairo, a member of the raiding party that took down Osama Bin Laden, here are inspiring stories that go behind the front line to reveal military canines' heroic deeds and the unbreakable bond between dog and handler.

The trainers and scientists who work with them disclose how canines are made into soldiers, and families of fallen troops share stories of their hard-earned retirement and adoption.

Soldier Dogs gives an unprecedented window into the world of these adventurous, loving and loyal warriors.

'A great read for anyone who appreciates dogs and heroes.' Stanley Coren, author of The Intelligence of Dogs and Born to Bark.

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Click here for more details or to orderWHY YOU'RE NOT MARRIED... YET
by Tracy McMillian

With three marriages under her belt, Tracy McMillan KNOWS how to get married, and she knows exactly why so many other women still aren't.

In Why You're Not Married... Yet, she pulls no punches telling the modern woman precisely what she's doing wrong.

Based on Tracy's Valentine's Day Huffington Post article of the same title, her new book explores how and why women are standing in their own way when it comes to tying the knot. Shortly after its publication, the article went viral, garnering 1,404,533 views, and now stands as the Huffington Post's second most viewed article of all time - and probably one of its most rebutted, having spawned strong response articles on CNN.com, The Frisky, and countless blogs.

With chapters like 'You're a bitch,' 'You're Godless,' and 'You're selfish,' Tracy details in straightforward language ten reasons why single women are still single. But it's not all tough love; she also offers up seriously sage advice, along with insight into how her desperate search for security as a child in foster care taught her to look for very specific traits in the men she dated - traits that just so happen to lead to marriage a surprisingly high percentage of the time.

Tracy doesn't pretend to be an expert on lasting relationships - and says as much to whomever will listen - but she WILL get women down the aisle, with biting humor, wicked smarts, and heart to spare.

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Click here for more details or to orderFROM ESKIMO POINT TO ALICE SPRINGS
by Anne Watts

In the early 1960s, Anne Watts was a newly qualified nurse, eager to use her skills. Her father expected her to work locally, not too far from North Wales, where Anne had grown up, and to then settle down and have children.

However, Anne was a 'chip off the old block' who had inherited her father's adventurous spirit and at the first opportunity she set sail for Canada, to work in the remote stations in the frozen north of the country. She found a placement easily, one of only a couple of women to work among the indigenous peoples who, in those days, were called Eskimos.

With the whole world to explore, Anne later headed for Alice Springs in the Australian outback. She speaks eloquently about what it was like to be a nurse and midwife among a tough cattle-ranching community who lived, not always harmoniously, in close proximity with Australia's Aboriginal people.

Working with native peoples, Anne's eyes were opened to their skills at surviving the harshest of environments, but also to the prejudices they suffered.

Forty years later, Anne returned to both countries to see how life has changed in Eskimo Point and Alice Springs, and what has become of its people and landscape.

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CITY
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  ENTERTAIN US
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Me: This is a great book to dip into. I have it by my bed.

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OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES AND THE IOC by David Miller
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INTERNATIONAL NON-FICTION
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The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
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On a mild winter's evening in 1850, Isabella Robinson set out for a party. Her carriage bumped across the wide cobbled streets of Edinburgh's Georgian New Town and drew up at 8 Royal Circus, a grand sandstone house lit by gas lamps. This was the home of the rich widow Lady Drysdale, a vivacious hostess whose soirees were the centre of an energetic intellectual scene.

Lady Drysdale's guests were gathered in the high, airy drawing rooms on the first floor, the ladies in dresses of glinting silk and satin, bodices pulled tight over boned corsets; the gentlemen in tailcoats, waistcoats, neckties and pleated shirt fronts, dark narrow trousers and shining shoes. When Mrs Robinson joined the throng she was introduced to Lady Drysdale's daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Edward Lane. She was at once enchanted by the handsome Mr Lane, a medical student ten years her junior. He was 'fascinating', she told her diary, before chastising herself for being so susceptible to a man's charms. But a wish had taken hold of her, which she was to find hard to shake...

A compelling story of romance and fidelity, insanity, fantasy, and the boundaries of privacy in a society clinging to rigid ideas about marriage and female sexuality, Mrs Robinson's Disgrace brings vividly to life a complex, frustrated Victorian wife, longing for passion and learning, companionship and love.

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by Auma Obama

While her younger brother Barack grew up in the U.S. and Indonesia, Auma Obama's childhood played out at the other end of the world in a remote village in Kenya, the birthplace of the siblings' shared father. Barack and Auma met for the first time in the 1980s, and they built a lasting relationship which lead to travels together in Kenya, research into their family history and finally Auma's support for her brother's political career and eventual bid for the U.S. presidency.

Auma spent sixteen years studying and living in Germany, moved to England for love, and gave birth to a daughter there. The tension between her original and chosen worlds and cultures was a constant challenge, and eventually Auma returned to Africa and worked to support young men and women in shaping their futures.

In this candid and emotional memoir, Auma shares her own story as well as recollections of and experiences with her famous brother, who says about their first encounter: 'I hugged her, we looked at each other, and laughed. I knew right then that I loved her.'

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by Augusten Burroughs

In June, Augusten Burroughs will pop his spectacled noggin up over the horizon of the literary landscape once again with another treat for fans of his work and those fearful of it alike.

In his new offering This Is How, Burroughs rips a hole in the starboard side of the self-help industry and takes it upon himself to be your very own agony uncle.

Using extraordinary life experiences that he previously drew upon to write the book that propelled him into a superstar, Running With Scissors, Burroughs takes aim at problems we all face, the great quandaries of the human condition.

Topics like self-esteem, addiction, suicide and the 9 to 5 are subjected... Read the full review by Booktopia's Andrew Cattanach here...

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THE $100 STARTUP
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 FOOD AND DRINK
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Not only is Gok Wan one of the UK's top fashion stylists, but he can cook too! His fantastic new book, Gok Cooks Chinese, contains 80 personal and family recipes, which are not only delicious and healthy but incredibly simple to make. His love and passion for Chinese food and cooking techniques shine through from every page.

From his unique perspective he gives us his personal and modern take on the Chinese food that he grew up eating, drawing on his Chinese heritage to give us a different angle on how to eat - for Gok, it's all about sitting down, tucking into fantastic food that is fuss-free and relaxed. His food is about balance, health, flavour and fun.

From his absolute favourite recipe for Prawn Wonton Noodle Soup (which he calls 'happiness in a bowl') to Perfect Fried Rice or classics like his dad's Honey-glazed Char Siu Pork, through chapters on Dim Sum, Street Food, One Pot Wonders and Feasting, you will find recipes for all occasions and moods, whether entertaining friends or enjoying a meal at home by yourself. Above all, Gok will demystify Chinese ingredients and equipment, showing us how easy it is to shop and cook just like him.

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Click here for more details or to orderTHE PICNIC COOKBOOK
by Annie Bell

In her follow-up to "The Camping Cookbook", Annie Bell gives one of our favourite summertime pastimes a new lease of life.

Whether your picnic is a last-minute, spur-of-the-moment decision, has been planned in advance, is for several people rather than just a family, or needs to be a glamorous event, you'll find The Picnic Cookbook packed with practical advice on everything from essential equipment, how to throw together a quality picnic using a mix of store-bought products and homemade foods, to cooking on location and eating outside in cold weather.

And with recipes such as Oven-roast Ratatouille, Quinoa Tabbouleh, Maple-glazed Ham, and Leek and Feta Galettes, plus tips on how to partially prepare a picnic at home and then do the rest on site - baguettes can be filled and wrapped in foil at home, then toasted on a portable barbecue, and puddings can be assembled in a large jar - "Picnics" demonstrates that you can create a mouth-watering outdoor eating experience without spending hours in the kitchen beforehand.

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THE AGE GOOD CAFE GUIDE 2012
by Matt Holden

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD GOOD CAFE GUIDE 2012
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The definitive guide to the Melbourne 2012 cafe scene.

The latest and hottest guide out of the kitchen is The Age Good Cafe Guide, which is sure to have baristas and cafe owners scrambling for a place. Prestigious, meticulously researched and edited by the same winning team of respected food writers as the Good Food Guides, the Good Cafe Guides will quickly take its place as a must-read for metropolitan trendsetters.

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Your guide to the best of the 2012 cafe scene in Sydney.

The latest and hottest guide out of the kitchen is The Sydney Morning Herald Good Cafe Guide , which is sure to have baristas and cafe owners scrambling for a place. Prestigious, meticulously researched and edited by the same winning team of respected food writers as the Good Food Guides, the Good Cafe Guide will quickly take its place as a must-read for metropolitan trendsetters.

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THE SUNDAY ROAST
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The Sunday roast is a tradition for many families. It's the time to gather everyone together, sit around the table, have a glass or two of wine and talk for a few hours. There are traditional roasts in this collection - chicken, duck, lamb, beef and pork, but there are also Asian roasts and middle-eastern roasts as well as roasts that are cooked on the barbecue. There's a whole chapter on vegetables - roasted vegetables and also vegetable accompaniments. And to finish off there's a beautiful chapter on Sunday desserts - all those lovely pies, crumbles and puddings that are the perfect finish to a perfect Sunday.

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The dilemma of what to include in Lunch Boxes every day is well and truly solved with this fabulous new book from Woman's Day, Lunchbox. This easy to use cookbook is packed with great new ways to fill lunchboxes, satisfying children and adults alike. With more than 80 quick and easy to prepare recipes, including healthy homemade salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups, dips, muffins, slices and cookies. Some recipes include tags with diet information to help those with special dietary needs. From Tandoori chicken wraps to muesli muffins, you'll find something for everyone.

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THE GLUTEN-FREE COOKBOOK


THE CSIRO TOTAL WELLBEING DIET- FAST AND FRESH RECIPES

The Gluten-Free Cookbook proves that eating can still be one of life's great pleasures, even when you have to cut out wheat, rye and barley - enjoy over 230 recipes that are gluten-free and delicious.
Each recipe has been carefully tested and includes a full nutritional breakdown so you can enjoy a diet that is healthy and balanced without compromising on flavour.
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The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has already inspired thousands of Australians to lose weight and improve their overall health. This new collection of recipes based on the scientifically proven program offers 120 new ideas for making mouth-watering meals in no time at all.
These are must-have recipes for those already using the diet, and a delicious introduction to a healthy eating plan for those trying the diet for the first time. Highlights include:
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CATHERINE SAXELBY'S COMPLETE FOOD AND NUTRITION COMPANION

FIRE AND SPICE
by Christine Manfield
Do you want to have more energy?
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Despite the huge gains in nutritional knowledge, healthy eating has not become easier. In our timepoor society, fewer people regularly cook and eat at home, and many rely on take-away and fastfoods. In effect, we are suffering from malnutrition in the midst of plenty, along with many modern lifestyle diseases: obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Catherine Saxelby, Australia's most respected nutritionist brings you THE ultimate guide to  more...

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With an insatiable appetite for travel, food and new experiences, renowned chef and traveller Christine Manfield draws her inspiration from across the globe.

In this rich and evocative collection, she shares her favourite recipes from a lifetime of cooking with fire and spice. From the tongue-tingling Palm Sugar Fish with Green Mango and the legendary Five-spice Duck and Shiitake Mushroom Pie to irresistible sweet creations, including the iconic Universal Gaytime, these recipes will invigorate your repertoire.

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AUSTRALIAN STORIES
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by Robin Poke and Kevin Berry


Me: Perfectly timed to coincide with the London games OLYMPIC GOLD: Our Greatest Individual Olympians Since 1896 is the book equivalent of the boisterous, celebratory chant - Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Listing the best of the best of our Australian Olympians, presenting their extraordinary achievements and the stories behind their successes, Olympic Gold is the perfect book to get any proud Australian in the mood for cheering on our new Olympians at the London Olympics.

Blurb: Olympic Gold follows the inspirational journeys of Australia's 74 individual Olympic gold medallists, at both the Summer and Winter Games. Australia has enjoyed an unbroken involvement in the modern Olympics, from Edwin Flack's double-gold on the track at the first modern Games in 1896, to Lydia Lassila's acrobatic feats on the ski slopes of Vancouver in 2010.

Chronicled along the way are Australia's many famous victories in the swimming pool, alongside the lesser-known triumphs of the likes of Fanny Durack, Australia's first female Olympic gold medallist and, of course, the era-defining achievement of Cathy Freeman in the Sydney Games in 2000.

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DECEPTION
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  THE TOUR
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LEFT TURN by Jeff Sparrow

ALL OF IT by Bev Aisbett
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In the Australian election of 2010, more than a million voters chose not to cast a ballot. Of those who did vote, almost 730,000 voted informal. The figures provide a statistical confirmation of what had already become apparent during the campaign - namely, that vast numbers of Australians find the policies of neither major party appealing. And the million-and-a-half votes for the Greens show that many of those people are now prepared to countenance ideas to the Left of the two-party consensus.
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Bestselling author Bev Aisbett′s no-nonsense text, combined with her insightful cartoon images, have reassured countless people seeking help for anxiety. Now, she reveals the deep spirit that lies behind these deceptively simple books. All of It is an unflinching self-examination, an exploration of Bev′s life journey through and beyond crippling anxiety and depression.
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EVERYTHING FROM WEDDING BOOKS TO CHOOKS, BREASTS TO TAX
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I defer to our resident expert, soon to married bridezilla, Elizabeth Sharah who has been frantically researching her own wedding and has found the perfect companion - THE AUSTRALIAN WEDDING BOOK. Over to you Liz...

Kate White and her husband have been organising weddings for the last 15 years. And it shows. At 384 pages, The Australian Wedding Book is brimming with pictures, examples, information and alternatives you may never have considered. (A private wedding with just you, your betrothed, celebrant and photographer, perhaps?) There are options aplenty, coupled with down-to-earth, insider advice of how to do it right first time around, as well as what to look out for, and what just won't work.

Specifically Australian, it takes into account details not found in European and American guides, most importantly, CLIMATE. (Because nobody wants their wedding cake to melt.)

My favourite aspect of this book is that it not only includes traditions, etiquette and history of the weddings, but explains the how and why these are important, leaving it up to you to decide if it'll be included in your special day.
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It takes you through your entire wedding journey, from choosing the engagement ring, drawing up a guest list and designing the stationery to buying your dress, finding the right celebrant and selecting the flowers, music and menu. There are tips from Australia's best jewellers, florists, cakemakers and dress designers, as well as helpful timelines, sample budgets and invitation wordings.

Whether your dream wedding is a traditional church service and a formal sit-down dinner, a simple beachside ceremony with cocktails and canapes, or an intimate gathering at your family home followed by a laid-back barbecue, you'll find information and inspiration in equal measure in The Australian Wedding Book.

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THE CONTENTED CHOOK
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  SWITCHING SUITS
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101 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR TAX LEGALLY
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FOR THE YOUNG AND THE YOUNG AT HEART
ZERO TO FIVE
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THE VERY HUNGRY BEAR
by Nick Bland

Click here for more details or to orderMe: I can't help myself. I just love Cranky Bear. I don't know whether it is because I relate with the character, or whether it's because I resemble him physically... It's hard to tell. But Cranky Bear is a favourite. The drawings are SUPERB. The message generous and the stories are fun. I love them. I hope you do, too. Enough said.

Blurb: The Very Cranky Bear is back, and now he's hungry!

When the Very Hungry Bear goes fishing, he ends up catching more than he bargained for - a polar bear, with an armful of fish, who needs help finding a new home! Vibrant illustrations and a fun, engaging story make this book perfect for reading aloud. This is the third book about the delightful and endearing 'Very Cranky Bear'.

The Very Cranky Bear was first published in 2008 and has become an international best-seller.

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Me: If you haven't picked up a picture book by Peter Carnavas, I think you should. His illustrations are as gorgeous as his stories. We interviewed Peter last year and discovered why. He's loverly.

Angus and Lucy love books.
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Then one day, all the books are taken away, and Angus and Lucy discover they need books more than they ever imagined.

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SAVING MUDDLED-UP FARM
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  SOPHIE SCOTT GOES SOUTH
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SIX TO TWELVE
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Dorrie wonders if Aunt Gertrude's stories are true. Is there really a ghost boy roaming the cliffs?

The thought makes her shudder.

But how else can she explain the shadowy figure she glimpsed moving through the stringybarks?

And the other strange happenings around the point? Dorrie is determined to discover the truth - even if it means confronting a ghost.


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Click here for more details or to orderDORK DIARIES : SKATING SENSATION
by Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki Maxwell isn't at all surprised to find out that her crush Brandon volunteers at a local animal shelter. He's such a sweet guy - of course he wants to help those adorable puppies!

Then Brandon tells her that the shelter is in danger of closing, and Nikki knows she can't let that happen. Especially when she discovers a shocking secret about Brandon that makes keeping that shelter open more important than ever.

So Nikki and her friends Chloe and Zoey enter an ice skating competition to help raise money for the shelter, but (big surprise) Mackenzie has to stick her nose in and cause trouble so that she can be the one to swoop in and save the day.

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When Chloe visits her grandmother, she learns how close the Second World War came to destroying her family. Could the experiences of another time help Chloe to face her own problems?

In 1941, Poppy lives in Darwin, a peaceful paradise far from the war. But when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, then Australia, everything Poppy holds dear is threatened - her family, her neighbours, her friends and her beloved pets. Her brother Edward is taken prisoner-of-war. Her home town becomes a war zone, as the Japanese raid over and over again.     

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Me: Alyson Noël is Hot Hot Hot at the moment. Alyson's Immortals series are bestsellers all around the globe. Her new series, Soul Seekers is so good she landed a seven figure book deal for it. And in June, to top it all off, she gets to come out to Australia!

Fated is the title of the first book of the new series. Noël is quick to point out that the new series is different from the last, she says of Fated - "It'll explore themes of Shamanism and the ability to walk through the Upperworld and the Underworld and to walk amongst the dead." Sounds cool.

Blurb: Strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, glowing people appear from nowhere. Worried that Daire's having a breakdown, her mother sends her to stay with the grandmother she's never met, who lives on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico. There Daire crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes.

Her grandmother recognizes Daire's episodes for what they are - a call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, a person who can navigate between the living and the dead. Guided by her grandmother, Daire must be quick to learn how to harness her powers, because Dace's brother is an evil shape-shifter, out to steal them.

Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and discover whether Dace is the guy she's meant to be with... or if he's allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.   

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